In March 2014 Oxford University Press published the last volume in its magnificent William Walton Edition, the only complete critical edition of a twentieth-century British composer's oeuvre. The first volume, published in 1998, was Symphony No. 1, and the 24th and last is William Walton: A Catalogue; all are handsomely printed and bound. Walton's entire output is now available to scholars and performers in a definitive and fully practical edition, based on the form in which the composer ultimately wished his music to be performed. The general editor, David Lloyd-Jones-the eminent conductor, English music specialist, and founder of Opera North-invited a world-class expert to edit each volume. Each work was checked against the composer's manuscript, previous published editions, and all
other relevant material. Carefully researched introductory essays place the works in their historical context and in the composer's oeuvre, and there are full critical notes.
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Lloyd-Jones was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford and made his professional conducting debut in 1961 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He worked briefly as a répétiteur at the Royal Opera House before joining the New Opera Company, where he worked from 1961 to 1964. In 1972 he was appointed Assistant Music Director at Sadlers Wells Opera (now English National Opera), where he conducted a wide repertory which included the first British staging of War and Peace by Sergei Prokofiev. Lloyd-Jones became the first Music Director of Opera North in 1977, where he conducted over fifty productions. He stepped down from the position of Music Director in 1990.